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Class of 2009

  • CAS class correspondent: Megan Brodie Maier

    As the new class correspondent for the class of 2009, I look forward to learning about what you’ve been up to since your days on Palatine Hill! Please reach out to me any time with updates or questions.

    -February 2020

    • 07/12/2018

      Diana Wiener Rosengard BA ’04, JD ’09 and her husband, David Rosengard JD ’15, LLM ’16, bought their first home in Saint Helens, Oregon, in October 2017. They promptly adopted two adorable rescue pitbulls, who keep them busy. David works at the Animal Legal Defense Fund and teaches as a adjunct professor at Lewis & Clark Law School. Diana works as a senior manager at a global open-source technology company, while writing novels in her spare time. Her first novel, Spooked, a “New Adult supernatural noir,” is coming out in September 2018.

    • Spooked.

      Diana Wiener Rosengard BA ’04, JD ’09 has published Spooked., the first book in a new-adult noir series that “reads like an episode of Veronica Mars with a supernatural edge.” Set in Astoria, Oregon, the novel tells the story of childhood best friends Callie and Izzy, who enroll together at a small liberal arts college. When Izzy is killed by a hit-and-run driver, Callie is consumed with grief…and by a need to make the perpetrator pay. In her quest for the truth, she discovers more than she bargained for, and soon her own sanity is on the line.

      Posted 07/12/2018
    • 12/12/2017

      Stacy Abrams BA ’09 has joined Dell Medical School at the University of Texas at Austin as the senior academic program coordinator. She writes, “I’m trying to wrap my head around my new job duties as fast as I can! There is a lot to learn. I’m grateful for all the opportunities that brought me here.”

    • 11/04/2015

      Was appointed to a three-year term on the Washington State Supreme Court Gender and Justice Commission, the mission of which is to provide a leadership role in eliminating gender discrimination and bias in the state’s legal system. Amburgey-Richardson, who is celebrating her fourth year with the Washington Coalition of Sexual Assault Programs, works on justice issues and the confidentiality and privacy rights of sexual assault survivors. As program coordinator, she primarily focuses on the issue, of sexual violence in detention settings.

    • 02/15/2017

      Paul Andrews EdD ’09 was promoted to superintendent of the High Desert Education Service District in Redmond, Oregon.

    • 03/05/2018

      Timur Baiguzhinov ’09 has moved from Astana, Kazakhstan, to Moscow. He works as a regional security manager, providing advice and travel security solutions for a joint venture between International SOS, a French health care provider, and Control Risks, a British intelligence firm.

    • 02/22/2019

      Rachael Berg BA ’09 is a city planner for the City of New Orleans, where she works on land use, zoning, and policy issues.

    • 01/23/2020

      David Berman BA ’09 moved to Laos with Tom Anderson BA ’09 to work for a small NGO focused on building schools and libraries. He then moved to Phuket, Thailand, to help students who were orphaned by the 2004 tsunami. After that, he joined the British International School, Phuket, where he now serves as the extended curriculum coordinator. A group of his students recently translated an educational program on recycling and waste, which has been introduced to local schools at no cost. Berman, who is married with a soon-to-be 3-year-old, welcomed another child in January 2020.

    • 09/01/2014

      Started Bishop Bankruptcy Law in Clackamas, Oregon. Bishop brings over five years of chapter 7 and chapter 13 bankruptcy experience to his practice. Having spent the past three years working with a family and bankruptcy practice in Gresham, he is aware of the issues facing east county residents.

    • 02/02/2016

      Relocated from Portland to Albuquerque, New Mexico, and was admitted to the State Bar of New Mexico in December 2015. Black remains an attorney for the U.S. Department of Energy, now representing the Southwestern Power Administration based in Tulsa, Oklahoma. In January 2016, she was also elected to the board of directors for Drum Corps International, a youth arts and education nonprofit based in Indianapolis.

    • 02/22/2019

      Mary Bodine BA ’09, JD ’13 and Kai Watts BA ’11, in the Estate Gardens on Lewis & Clark’s campus.

    • 10/14/2016

      Joe Braman BA ’09 was named one of the “2016 MBAs to Watch” by Poets and Quants, a news site focused on the world of business schools. In the feature, Braman answers questions about his academic and professional career so far, his reasons for pursuing business school, and his favorite classes and hobbies.

    • 02/15/2017

      Valerie Bundy MA ’09 was appointed executive director of the Tillamook County Women’s Resource Center. Bundy previously served on the board for the Washington County Housing and Supportive Services Network, as well as on the executive committee for the Tri-County Domestic Violence and Sexual Violence Intervention Council.

    • 02/15/2017

      Kiersi Burkhart BA ’09, a freelance writer and speaker, has released four books called the Quartz Creek Ranch series, which she coauthored with Amber Keyser. The books, aimed at middle-grade readers, are “all about horses, friendship, and finding yourself.”

    • 09/01/2014

      Mina Chang JD ’09 welcomed daughter Arya Euna Sen on April 6, 2014. Arya weighed 6 lbs., 8.6 oz. and was 19.5 inches long. She is Chang’s first child.

      Arya Euna SenArya Euna Sen

    • 10/14/2016

      Nic Costa BA ’09 wrote and produced the award-winning film Neil Stryker and the Tyrant of Time, a sci-fi comedy shot entirely in Oregon and parts of Washington over the course of 10 years. The film, which was an official selection of the Portland Film Festival, guest stars David Ogden Stiers (M.A.S.H., Stargate: Atlantis, Beauty and the Beast) and Walter Koenig (Star Trek, Babylon Five). Costa says, “The film really began to come together during Professor Stuart Kaplan’s documentary form class at Lewis & Clark.”

    • 04/28/2019

      Brook Detterman JD ’09 writes, “It’s probably not surprising that Beveridge & Diamond, as the country’s largest environmental law firm, has six Lewis & Clark alums on staff. Rest assured that we’re all putting our L&C training to good use, and on a very wide range of issues, including renewable energy projects, drinking water contamination and, of course, the full spectrum of environmental litigation. Here are five of us at our recent law firm retreat. From left to right: Brook Detterman JD ’09, Boston office; Susan Smith JD ’97, San Francisco office; Katrina Krebs JD ’18, Washington, D.C., office; Tim Sullivan JD ’00, Baltimore office; and Jake Duginski JD ’15, San Francisco office. Not shown: Erika Holsman JD ’08, Seattle office.”

      L to R: Brook Detterman JD ’09, Boston office; Susan Smith JD ’97, San Francisco office; Katr...

    • Rally to the Stars!

      Eric DeWeese JD ’18 explores whether the colonization of space can inspire more sustainable ways of life on Earth in this novel about an extended family facing the increasingly catastrophic effects of climate change.

      Posted 05/12/2018
    • Brazil, Indigenous Peoples, and the International Law of Discovery

      Micheline D’Angelis JD ’09 was the coauthor of “Brazil, Indigenous Peoples, and the International Law of Discovery,” which was published in the Brooklyn Journal of International Law, 2011. The piece traces how Portugal, from the 15th century to the Brazilian independence in 1822, colonized Brazil using the International Law Doctrine of Discovery. D’Angelis and her coauthor demonstrate each of the 10 elements of the Doctrine of Discovery and how they were used by Portugal to subjugate the Indigenous populations of what would come to be known as the territory of Brazil.

      Posted 05/21/2019
    • 02/01/2015

      Was named a 2014 Rising Star. Edenhofer is an associate at Hart Wagner. 

    • 12/29/2015

      Was appointed to serve on the ambassador board of the Susan G. Komen Oregon and SW Washington Foundation. Elliott is with Miller Nash Graham & Dunn.

    • 09/01/2014

      Was included by the Portland Business Journal in its 2014 “Forty Under 40.” The recognition honors young influential business leaders who have excelled in their fields and are dedicated to their community. Fagan, an associate at Ater Wynne, works on business dispute resolution ranging from intellectual property infringement to employment defense.

    • 11/16/2018

      Kimberly Fanshier BA ’09 has been named an Ignatian Scholar by Loyola University New Orleans College of Law. The award recognizes particularly promising members of the entering law school class, whose records reflect the Jesuit values of commitment to academic excellence and service to others.

    • 10/04/2017

      Lila Finch BA ’09 has worked as a high school teacher and is now pursuing a doctoral degree at the ATLAS Institute at the University of Colorado at Boulder. She currently works for the institute’s Laboratory for Playful Computation. In summer 2017, with the help of a grant from Oracle, Finch designed the Luminous Science workshop, a project to help educators connect art and science in their teaching, thus strengthening interest in both disciplines and reducing the boundaries between them.

    • 02/01/2015

      Became chair of the Executive Committee of the Oregon State Bar’s Health Law Section. She has been involved with the Health Law Section since 2012. Franks is an attorney with Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt.

    • 09/01/2014

      Earned designation as a U.S. Certified Information Privacy Professional. Gebbie is member of the information privacy and security practice group at Opus Events Agency.

    • 07/30/2019

      Sarit Gluz BA ’09 accepted the first full-time head swim coach position at Eastern Connecticut State University after spending the last five seasons as the assistant swim coach at Lewis & Clark College. She started the first men’s swimming program at ECSU in the 2019-20 season.

    • 07/07/2016

      Joined Gervurtz Menashe as a family law associate. Goss, who has spent five years practicing family law in Portland, will continue handling divorce, custody/parenting time, child support, contempt, and modification legal matters in Oregon.

    • 01/23/2020

      Alex Hackbarth BA ’09 returned to the States in June 2019 after nearly two years in Afghanistan, where she was special advisor to the special inspector general for Afghanistan Reconstruction. While in Kabul, Hackbarth learned about the devastation the country’s multiyear drought had on the Afghan population and the threat it posed to U.S. national security interests. She now works in climate security.

    • 10/16/2019

      Dr. Alex Harsha BA ’09 earned her medical degree from the Harvard Medical School in Boston, and completed her residency at Contra Costa Family Medicine Residency in Martinez, California. She’s now a member of the medical staff at Lakewood Health System in Staples, Minnesota.

    • 08/16/2017

      Greg Harvey JD ’09 and Aila Wallace JD ’10 were married July 2017.

    • 02/16/2018

      Michael G. Jacobs JD ’09 became a partner in Hart Wagner’s Portland office. Jacobs maintains a versatile practice focusing on general liability, products liability, and medical malpractice defense.

    • 12/21/2016

      Was appointed to the governing board of the Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries (DOGAMI). Together with the board’s other four members, she will set policies and oversee general operations which guide Oregonians in understanding the risks of natural hazards and the state’s exceptional geology. An attorney with Jordan Ramis PC, Jeremiah focuses her legal practice on construction and mining law.

    • 07/03/2019

      Prachi Jha BA ’09 runs the digital magazine Daak, a preservation project that focuses on lost and forgotten writings and artwork from the Indian subcontinent. In April 2019, Jha gave a TEDx Talk at the Sri Guru Gobind Singh College of Commerce at the University of Delhi. In her talk, “The Extraordinary Power of Ordinary Stories,” Jha discussed the power of “small” stories and how the names nobody remembers in history books can have real power and influence on the tales we tell over time.

    • 05/27/2015

      Was recognized by the law school’s Small Business Legal Clinic for significant pro bono contributions provided throughout 2014.

    • 10/14/2016

      Dylan Kruse BA ’09, policy director for Sustainable Northwest, a conservation group in Portland, was interviewed by Evergreen magazine. He discussed Sustainable Northwest’s goals and methods for revitalizing rural communities and restoring natural land by economic means. When Kruse is not navigating these political waters, he cochairs the Oregon Forest Biomass Working Group, serves on the board of the Biomass Thermal Energy Council, and sits on the steering committee of the National Rural Assembly.

    • 03/12/2018

      Ian Kyle JD ’09 was named Northwest regional underwriting counsel for North American Title Insurance Company, with responsibility for Oregon, Washington, and Idaho. Most recently, Kyle had a thriving solo practice focused on real estate and civil litigation. Previously, he was a transactional real estate counsel and worked for nearly three years as an underwriting counsel at a commercial branch of a national title insurance company. In that capacity, he worked on high-value commercial real estate transactions, primarily in Oregon. Kyle received his bachelor’s degree from Dartmouth College.

    • 01/04/2019

      Deirdre L. Mackey MA ’09, December 25, 2017, age 48. Mackey worked as a project manager for the American Federation of Teachers in Oregon, and she volunteered with the grassroots organization Respond to Racism. Survivors include her siblings, Elizabeth and Jasper.

    • Myth, Masculinity & Me

      David Martin MA ’09 pens Myth, Masculinity & Me, a personal exploration of masculinity that analyzes the topic through a lens of mythic and poetic archetypes. Along the way, he offers readers a better understanding of what masculinity might mean to them and how it might affect their lives, for better and for worse. Dorrance Publishing Company, 2019. 532 pages.

      Posted 12/14/2019
    • 10/14/2016

      Elise Maxwell BA ’09 was named one of the “2016 MBAs to Watch” by Poets and Quants, a news site focused on the world of business schools. In her interview, Maxwell discusses achievements from her academic and professional careers, her reasons for choosing business school, and even her favorite movie (it’s V for Vendetta).

    • 10/27/2016

      Jennifer McGrew JD ’09 and Harley McGrew welcomed son Iain Blake McGrew on June 3, 2016, in Austin, Texas.

    • 08/06/2018

      To Mary Davis McKay BA ’09 and her husband, Christopher McKay, son Forrest Christopher McKay, August 3, 2018. Forrest joins brother Patrick Montgomery, age 3.

    • 02/12/2018

      Lisa Neher BA ’09, recitalist, choral soloist, and composer, returned to Lewis & Clark in March 2018 for a performance titled Her Songs: A Recital Celebrating Music Written by Women.

    • 02/15/2017

      Lisa Neher BA ’09 completed her doctor of musical arts degree in voice performance and pedagogy from the University of Iowa in December 2016. Neher is on faculty at Coe College and Kirkwood Community College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Her recent performance credits include alto soloist in Mozart’s Coronation Mass with the Iowa City Chamber Singers and mezzo soloist in Duruflé’s Requiem with the Grinnell Oratorio Singers. She has also performed in the premieres of several new works with the Iowa Composers Forum.

    • 02/17/2015

      Joined Bryant, Lovlien & Jarvis as an associate. Ponzini’s practice focuses on family law, including divorce, child custody, child and spousal support, and support modifications, as well as assisting with civil litigation. Ponzini was also elected vice president of the Deschutes County Bar Association for 2014-2015.

    • 02/22/2019

      Laura Preston BA ’09, after spending eight years working internationally, says “it’s great to be back on the West Coast.” Now living in San Francisco, Preston is working for DPK, an international development consultancy firm, where she is putting her international affairs skills to good use. She supports projects around the world to advance the rule of law and justice for all.

    • 08/05/2018

      Oday Salim LLM ’09 has joined the National Wildlife Federation Great Lakes Regional Center as staff attorney, which comes with an appointment as director of the University of Michigan Law School’s Environmental Law and Sustainability Clinic. Salim most recently was the executive director and managing attorney for the Great Lakes Environmental Law Center. He has also served as an adjunct professor in energy, oil, and gas law at Wayne State University Law School, the University of Pittsburgh Law School, and Lewis & Clark Law School.

    • 10/13/2016

      Joined the Great Lakes Environmental Law Center in Detroit, Michigan, as a senior attorney. Previously, Salim served as senior attorney at Fair Shake Environmental Legal Services and as a staff attorney at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law’s Environmental Law Clinic. For the past five years, Salim has shared his expertise as an adjunct professor by teaching Lewis & Clark’s two-week summer seminar on oil and gas law, and energy law and regulation at the University of Pittsburgh.

    • 06/27/2019

      Peter Seilheimer BA ’09 taught in Austria for two years on a Fulbright award. After returning to Portland to teach in the German American School, he began graduate studies at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies in Monterey, California. He earned his master’s degree in international education management in 2016. Seilheimer now works as a trustees fellow for the School for International Training’s International Honors Program, providing administrative and community support for undergraduates as they travel to a variety of destinations studying public health, medical anthropology, and social justice.

    • 08/03/2015

      Was named a 2015 Rising Star in the employment litigation: defense category by Oregon Super Lawyers magazine. Sherman is an associate at Hart Wagner.

    • 02/24/2015

      Was named a 2014 Rising Star by Oregon Super Lawyers magazine. Sherman is an associate at Hart Wagner.

    • 09/01/2014

      Erin Snyder JD ’09 and Constantin Severe welcomed daughter Helena Rose Severe on April 12, 2014. Helena weighed 7 lbs., 2 oz. and was 19.5 inches long.

      Helena Rose SevereHelena Rose Severe

    • 08/22/2018

      Eileen Sterlock JD ’09 was elected 2018–2019 chair of the Oregon chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA). Sterlock has previously served on the AILA Oregon executive committee as treasurer, secretary, and chair-elect. She has a solo immigration practice in Portland that focuses on removal defense and humanitarian and family immigration, as well as working with criminal defense counsel representing noncitizens.

    • 02/01/2015

      After four years in private practice, accepted a direct commission (first lieutenant) into the U.S. Air Force Judge Advocate General’s Corps. Sutherland has relocated to Moody Air Force Base in Georgia.

    • 11/19/2019

      Avalyn Taylor JD ’09 has joined Rizzo Mattingly Bosworth with considerable experience in environmental policy and law, having worked in government, nonprofits, and private practice. Most recently, she clerked for U.S. Magistrate Judge Stacie F. Beckerman. Previously, Taylor was an associate at a Portland litigation boutique, where her practice involved a variety of complex litigation and regulatory matters, including environmental law, white-collar criminal defense, and civil rights. Taylor acquired significant experience in environmental policy and federal government relations while serving as policy counsel in the Louisiana Governor’s Office of Coastal Activities during the years immediately following the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, and then handling public policy and government relations in the Gulf Coast region for the Nature Conservancy. She also has conducted federal government relations work for the Nature Conservancy in Oregon, and has worked as a field representative for a U.S. congressional representative on natural resources and environmental issues. While a student, Taylor was associate editor of the journal Animal Law. She also served as the law student representative on Lewis & Clark’s Board of Trustees and as an extern for U.S. District Court Judge Michael W. Mosman.

    • 01/03/2018

      Claire Tonry JD ’09 has been made a partner at Smith & Lowney PLLC. Tonry had been an associate with the Seattle-based firm since 2011. Her practice focuses on environmental and consumer protection litigation and progressive political advocacy. Tonry can be reached at

    • 02/22/2019

      Ari Turrentine BA ’09 lives in Oakland, California, with her partner, Chris Olson BA ’10, and their cat. She is operations and program manager at Alma Connect, a technology nonprofit, which provides an app for community building and disaster resilience in Indonesia and around the world. She is also very active in the Bay Area’s Showing Up for Racial Justice chapter.

    • Pacific

      Peter Vidito BA ’09 pens a fiery first novel about jazz, mystery, birds, loss, the Torah, physics, self-abuse, and the Pacific Northwest.

      Posted 05/15/2017
    • 09/17/2015

      Philip Wuest JD ’09 joined Black Helterline as an associate. Wuest focuses his practice on real estate transaction, land use and environmental permitting, real estate litigation, and construction contracting.

    • 01/23/2020

      Thomas Youmans BA ’09, who graduated in 2009 with a double major in physics and economics, played tennis for the Pios and held the office of vice president of the student body from 2007–08. After graduating, Youmans served in the Peace Corps in Bulgaria; earned his MS in mathematics and statistics from Georgetown University; and worked at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. He then launched Rhoman Aerospace, a start-up that creates car-size drones for autonomous medical evacuation and emergency resupply after natural disasters and for use on the army front lines.